2021-2022 WTCAF "Peace Through Trade"

Student Competition

The World Trade Centers Association Foundation (WTCAF) is proud to announce the launch of its third annual “Peace Through Trade” student competition — a program designed to identify and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders from the 300-plus cities where a World Trade Center branded business is located.

About the Competition

Members from the World Trade Centers Association’s (WTCA) global network spanning more than 100 countries have the opportunity to submit projects from local students to compete in the program and become champions of global trade. New this year, in collaboration with the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), the program is open to all students around the world, including the UNAI’s vibrant and diverse network of more than 1,400 member institutions in more than 147 countries that reach over 25 million people, comprised of students, academics, scientists, researchers, think tanks, institutions of higher education, continuing education and educational associations.

Student teams are encouraged to submit their applications for this year’s competition to present original projects, products, or other innovative ideas that exemplify and promote social innovation and sustainability through collaboration, fair trade, and ethical international business practices. Projects must also address at least one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as no poverty, zero hunger, and sustainable cities and communities.

Entry Submission Period

  • The submission period for the 2021-2022 WTCAF Peace Through Trade Student Competition is now closed. Please check back here for updates on the winners of this year's competition -- to be announced no later than Friday, September 30, 2022. 


  • Winning Team
    • A cash prize of USD $3,000
    • An opportunity to participate in the WTCA’s virtual 2022 Member Forum and 2023 General Assembly 
    • An opportunity to present their idea virtually to a global audience and be honored by attendees during both events
    • A special feature in a future episode of the global WTCA Trade Wins Podcast, where they will be interviewed by WTCA Executive Director-Business Development Robin van Puyenbroeck
    • A certificate of recognition by the WTCAF Board
  • First Runner-Up Team
    • A cash prize of USD $1,500 
    • A certificate of recognition by the WTCAF Board